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Pitcher Shinobu Fukuhara helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Makoto Imaoka knocked in another in the seventh as Hanshin held off Yomiuri 4-3 to end the Giants’ winning streak at four games.

News photo Tomoaki Kanemoto of the Hanshin Tigers runs to third base during
Saturday’s game against the Giants at Koshien Stadium. Kanemoto played a Japan
record-tying 700th consecutive full game appearance.

Fukuhara (9-7) went seven sharp innings allowing one run to earn his first win in nearly a month and his sixth victory over Yomiuri. Hiroki Kokubo and Roberto Petagine hit solo shots in the eighth for Yomiuri but it was too little, too late.

Tomoaki Kanemoto matched a pro baseball record by appearing in his 700th consecutive full game to equal the mark set by former Hanshin player Hideshi Miyake.

Swallows 4, Dragons 2

At Nagoya Dome, Akinori Iwamura broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the seventh inning, lifting Yakult to its seventh straight win with a victory over first-place Chunichi.

Shinichi Sato drove home a pair of runs with a two-out bases-loaded single in the sixth, giving the Swallows a brief lead before Chunichi tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the frame.

Lefty Hirotoshi Ishii (1-1) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief while Ryota Igarashi earned his 20th save.

BayStars at Carp — ppd.

PACIFIC LEAGUE

Fighters 5, Hawks 2

At Fukuoka Dome, Fernando Seguignol and Shinji Takahashi both hit two-run homers and Itsuki Shoda set the pace through six-plus effective innings, leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham to a win over front-running Fukuoka Daiei.

Seguignol went deep in the first inning to tie for the league lead in homers with his 33rd blast and Takahashi delivered a shot in the fifth.

Marines 9, Lions 8 (11)

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Tomoya Satozaki singled home Lee Seung Yeop from third with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as Chiba Lotte downed Seibu.

Buffs at BlueWave — ppd.

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